Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Craigslist Killer

Just recently, we brought you the story of police's concern over Craigslist and certain services advertised on the website. Now, Boston officials are seeking a man who is using the Erotic Services section to meet and rob women "involved in similar professions." And, as of Tuesday night, kill them.

Authorities found 26-year old Julissa Brisman unconscious in her hotel room, the victim of multiple gunshots. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she later died. Investigators say there are signs of a struggle "in the threshold of the hotel room immediately prior to the shooting." This leads them to believe the man who used Craigslist to arrange meetings through the Erotic Services section and rob the women he met is the same person who shot and killed the young model.

Just four days prior, another Boston woman who advertised on the Craigslist site was robbed at gunpoint. On Thursday, a Craigslist advertiser was tied-up and robbed at gunpoint before her husband entered the room and interrupted the crime. The gunman pointed his weapon at the man and fled.

Surveillance cameras show a tall, young, clean-cut blond man leaving the premises around the time of the murder. He was wearing a black windbreaker. Authorities are asking for help in identifying the man.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

1 comment:

ManoDogs said...

Police arrested 22-year old Philip Markoff, a second-year medical student at Boston Medical who was set to be married in August. His fiancee insisted police have the wrong man in an e-mail sent to Good Morning America, but the Suffolk County DA called him "a predator."

Markoff has been charged with Brisman's murder, as well as the kidnapping and armed robbery at the Westin Copley Hotel. He has not been charged with the interrupted robbery, though police believe he did it.